Otto Breicha Award for Photography 2015 goes to Leo Kandl
The fifteenth Otto Breicha Award for Photography has been awarded to the Austrian Leo Kandl. An exhibition of his works will be shown in the Rupertinum at the end of October.
Salzburg, February 25, 2015. “The award pays tribute to Leo Kandl, one of Austria’s most exciting photographic artists. I should like to thank the Breicha family for their generous support and the jury for its collaboration in nominating the fifteenth Otto Breicha Award for Photography,” said Sabine Breitwieser, director of Museum der Moderne Salzburg. “Kandl’s photographic insights into a world on the margins of urban society and stylized images of life are among the classics of Austrian photography.” The award is worth 5,000 euros and comes with an exhibition of the award-winners works in the Rupertinum at the end of October.
The jury, consisting of Christa Breicha, Philipp Otto Breicha, Matthias Herrmann (Otto Breicha award-winner 2013), Walter Moser (Albertina Vienna), and Margit Zuckriegl (Museum der Moderne Salzburg), unanimously chose Leo Kandl for this year’s award. It explained its selection as follows:
Leo Kandl (1944 Vienna) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna before turning to photography in the 1970s. He is a member of the first generation of author photographers in Austria. This generation established a clear photographic language in the form of “straight photography” and was very active in the newly established photo galleries and institutions. Kandl’s photo series Weinhaus (1979/80) is regarded today as a classic pictorial inventory of Austrian photography. Typically, it combines a strict pictorial conception with socially relevant topics. Kandl’s precise observation and his personal involvement in the research heralded a new artistic approach in his work from the late 1990s onwards. Free Portraits (from 2000) was a seismographic snapshot of a global society in the throes of change. Kandl’s street portraits were created through his contact with completely anonymous people. His interest in their situation and the setting resulted in a photographic atlas of great scope and diversity. Kandl is thus part of a strong and independent classical photography scene in post-war Austria. At the same time he treads new ground by taking a modern pictorial medium and updating the traditional language to give it a topical and contemporary form.
“Leo Kandl is a quiet observer and sensitive storyteller; his world is that of the nocturnal wanderers and anonymous passers-by, his handwriting that of a tongue-in-cheek chronicler,” says Margit Zuckriegl, curator for photography at Museum der Moderne Salzburg.
The Otto Breicha Award for Photography is awarded every two years to a photographic artist from or living in Austria. Previous winners include Friedl Kubelka, Seiichi Furuya, Peter Dressler, Margherita Spiluttini, Ilse Haider, and most recently Matthias Herrmann. The award recalls the initiative of the founding director of Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Otto Breicha (1932–2003), who established the first photographic collection in the province and the Rupertinum Photo Prize.
The Leo Kandl exhibition can be seen from October 31, 2015, to February 28, 2016, at the Rupertinum.
In memoriam Harun Farocki
The Museum der Moderne Salzburg mourns the death of the artist, filmmaker, author, and curator Harun Farocki. The Generali Foundation Collection includes a sizable body of works by Farocki. Important video installations by the artist are on display in the current exhibitions. Starting on Monday, his film Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges (1988) will be screened daily in the auditorium of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg.
Salzburg, August 1, 2014. “In Harun Farocki, we have lost an astute critic of social structures and current events; never wagging his finger, he instead used annotated pictures to make us see what he meant,” Sabine Breitwieser, director of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, says. She is deeply affected by the artist’s death: “Only this past Saturday, Harun Farocki gave our visitors a tour of our exhibition Art/Histories, offering compelling explanations that helped them understand his art better. Our thoughts are with his family; with them, we mourn the irreparable loss of the human being and artist Harun Farocki.”
The Generali Foundation, whose art collection has been held by the Museum der Moderne Salzburg since January 2014, looks back on a decades-long close and fruitful collaboration with Harun Farocki. The internationally renowned collection contains more than fifty works by the artist. With his wife, Antje Ehmann, he curated the exhibition Cinema like never before, which was shown at the Foundation in 2006. “Harun’s approach has been a vital source of inspiration to many younger artists,” Sabine Breitwieser adds. “Virtually every institution in the field of contemporary art has acquired or at least exhibited his art. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, purchased a major set of works that was presented in a widely acclaimed solo exhibition in 2011.”
The Museum der Moderne Salzburg currently shows the two video installations Schnittstelle / Section (1995) and I Thought I Was Seeing Convicts (2000) in its exhibition Proudly Presenting: Generali Foundation Collection, which runs through October 12, 2014. The video installation The Silver and the Cross (2010) is on display in Art/Histories, which will close on October 26, 2014.
Starting on Monday, August 4, 2014, Harun Farocki’s film Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges (Images of the World and the Inscription of War, 1988) will be screened in the auditorium of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg every day at 4pm (until further notice). Admission is free. A comprehensive program of film screenings will be scheduled for the fall.
Partnership Museum der Moderne Salzburg and Generali Foundation
Museum der Moderne Salzburg enters into partnership with the internationally renowned Generali Foundation and brings its top-calibre art collection to Salzburg.
(Salzburg, January 17th, 2014). The Museum der Moderne Salzburg and the Generali Foundation are announcing a unique, long-term partnership today. In spring 2014, the Generali Foundation will continue its activities for the promotion of contemporary art at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg. This partnership has been set up for an initial term of 25 years and encompasses several areas.
The Generali Foundation Collection will be entrusted to the Museum der Moderne as a permanent loan. One gallery floor of the Museum der Moderne building on Mönchsberg will be specially dedicated to this collection, which will be presented all year round in a series of temporary exhibitions. Selected works from the collection will be put in dialogue with other works from the museum's holdings. Furthermore the collecting activities will be continued in collaboration with the Museum der Moderne. In the medium term, the comprehensive library and archive of the Generali Foundation will also be made accessible to the public at the premises of the Museum der Moderne. Generali Group Austria will remain responsible for the Generali Foundation and provide adequate funds to the Museum der Moderne for the human and financial resources required for these activities.
By establishing this comprehensive partnership, Sabine Breitwieser, who has been director of the Museum der Moderne since September 2013, sets a milestone in the thirty-year history of the museum. She has successfully brought one of the most prominent and internationally acclaimed private art collections in Austria to Salzburg and thus created the conditions for making the Museum der Moderne competitive on an international scale. The museum's holdings are significantly enhanced and expanded and allow the museum to sharpen its profile. As a result, the museum will be able to position itself as a player in the international field.
“The integration of the seminal and consistent Generali Foundation Collection into the holdings of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg will make the province of Salzburg even more attractive for art lovers from all over the world,” says governor Wilfried Haslauer, who greatly welcomes the establishment of this cooperation. “Salzburg will be able to position itself more strongly as an internationally recognized venue for first-rate contemporary visual art. The archive and library of the Generali Foundation, which will also be relocated to Salzburg, will provide further valuable impulses for the research and study of visual art. My thanks are due to Director Sabine Breitwieser, President Dietrich Karner and Chairman Peter Thirring,” the governor emphasizes.
“This partnership will guarantee both the continuation of the art sponsoring activities of the Generali Group Austria and the presentation of the international Generali Foundation Collection in the long term. I greatly appreciate that the Generali Foundation has found such a competent partner in the Museum der Moderne Salzburg under the visionary leadership of Sabine Breitwieser," underlines Dietrich Karner, President of the Generali Foundation and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Generali Holding Vienna AG and Generali Versicherung AG.
The holdings of the Museum der Moderne are not only substantially increased, but also achieve a new dimension in terms of quality. “The Museum der Moderne Salzburg is eventually able to compensate major deficits in its collection with regard to international art from the 1960s to the present. In the future, we will be responsible for one of the most comprehensive collections of works by prominent international artists, such as VALIE EXPORT, Harun Farocki, Andrea Fraser, Isa Genzken, Bruno Gironcoli, Dan Graham, Hans Haacke, Sanja Iveković, Július Koller, Gordon Matta-Clark, Walter Pichler, Adrian Piper, Martha Rosler, Allan Sekula, Franz West or Heimo Zobernig, to name just a few of the 250 artists in the collection with about 2,100 works in total," Sabine Breitwieser, Director of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, emphasizes.
“The top-calibre, internationally acclaimed Generali Foundation Collection substantially enhances the potential of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg. It adds a new dimension in terms of content and quality, for the benefit of the museum, its visitors and everyone interested. It also helps the Museum fulfil its information and education mandate more effectively. As councillor for cultural affairs of the province of Salzburg I greatly appreciate this invaluable expansion of the Museum der Moderne and would like to thank the Generali Foundation and everyone who has made this cooperation possible,” Heinrich Schnellhorn, councillor for cultural affairs of the province of Salzburg, points out.
Generali Group Austria has deliberately chosen the Museum der Moderne Salzburg as new strategic location for its art activities. “We are extremely proud to take on a pioneering role with this exemplary cooperation between public and private sector and to contribute to the promotion of contemporary art on an international level. The Museum der Moderne Salzburg is an ideal partner for us, with an impressive premises right in the heart of Europe,” Peter Thirring, CEO of Generali Holding Vienna AG and Generali Versicherungs AG, explains this decision.
At the end of April 2014, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg will organize the first presentation of works from this newly acquired collection in its museum building on Mönchsberg mountain.
LTR: Sabine Breitwieser, Director, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Wilfried Haslauer, Governor of the Province of Salzburg, Heinrich Schellhorn, Councillor for Cultural Affairs of the Province of Salzburg, Dietrich Karner, President of the Generali Foundation and Chairman of the Board Generali Holding Vienna AG and Generali Versicherung AG, Peter Thirring, Chairman of the Board Generali Holding Vienna AG and Generali Versicherung AG